First, the candidate must have a desire to participate in the
specified institution of American society. In recognition of
agreement to participate in "the establishment" the
candidate must reconcile the problems of the past, both real
and perceived, by accepting the belief in a better future. It
takes a leap of faith to be optimistic that a mutually beneficial
relationship can be cultivated in some of the very institutions
in which his/her ancestors may have so recently been
Many contributions are lost to dreams never realized in absence of referential platform from which to begin. A broken
spirit rarely allows of self to consider a vision in which 'success' is the featured discriptor. And in the absence of
contrast, poverty becomes the weighty 'norm' with gravitational pulls nearly impossible to escape.
As a nation we are weighed down by the masses our policies cannot reach. We treat the symptoms because we know
not the cause. Our good intentions have brought us a ways, but we are still looking for the common path. By its very
definition the "common path" is very broad. We look too hard, and think too much, the answers are much more
obvious and simple then we realize. Policy prompting action addressing cause will be that which bridges the AA gap.
A second obstacle emerges in the child whose lack of
opportunities prevent her from dreaming beyond that which her
feet can take her. A child immersed in an environment of poverty,
violence, or chaotic/overcrowded schools may dare not to dream,
A significant portion
benefactors miss out
due to one or more
let alone acquire the skills necessary for legitimate pursuit. The vibrant and promising spirit of an individual becomes
lost in a group just trying to survive. A spirit broken before flight would likely find the notion of 'Affirmative Action'
laughable if she were at all able to be happy.
affirmative action Gap
A second obstacle emerges in the child whose lack of opportunities prevent her from dreaming beyond that which her feet can take her.